December 12, 2013
WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) -- Federal authorities say customs agents have seized counterfeit consumer goods from dozens of vendors at an Alabama flea market.
About 100 agents from Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, began seizing handbags, shoes, clothing, and electronics Saturday that were being sold under counterfeit brand names. Agency spokesman Bryan Cox says goods have been confiscated from about 50 vendors at the Santuck Flea Market in Wetumpka
Federal agents are working with Elmore County sheriff's deputies and Alabama state authorities. Cox said Saturday morning it was too early to give an estimated value of goods being seized or to say if any arrests would be made.
Cox says the bust resulted from a months-long investigation. The flea market remained open as agents shut down individual vendors.